Podcast: Meet Skynet, an open source IM platform for the internet of things

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Chris Matthieu, the creator of Skynet, a communications platform for the internet of things hopes his creation doesn’t turn out like its namesake. But after watching a video where he was able to control a fleet of three drones using a Leap Motion controller and the Skynet platform, I’m a little concerned. This platform is both simple and powerful enough, that the thought of it becoming both self-aware and vengeful is only sort of crazy.

Matthieu’s open source project aims to let disparate devices communicate via a variety of protocols including MQTT and WebSockets, it also can support Node.js or Javascript environments. Eventually non-programmers like myself could use Skynet to create a platform that lets me program the real and online worlds in a way that’s far more powerful than If This Then That (IFTTT) or Zapier. The end result is a flexible piece of open source software that…

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